Henri Bendel, the Street of Shops is perhaps the most beloved. As conceived by Stutz, Bendel’s president between 1957 and 1986, various categories such as stockings, tabletop items, stationery, flowers and cosmetics were housed in small side-by-side boutiques. Now Bendel’s is bringing the concept back, but with a few twists. Rather than cluster shops together in one area as the previous Street incarnation did, “We wanted them to pop up throughout the entire store,” said Ed Bucciarelli, the retailer’s president and chief executive officer.
Of all of Geraldine Stutz’s innovations for